So, you’ve been spending a lot of time in Brooklyn. Yeah. I’ve been hanging out in Greenpoint and having a lovely time. Over the past couple of years, I’ve been spending more of my time there on … an extended break, let’s call it. I’m a fresh face in Greenpoint, but I’m old hat in Manchester. I’m an old boot!
What’s an average New York day like for you? Well, I wake up and I assemble the closest proximity to a cup of tea possible. I enjoy that, and then I go to the diner for breakfast, and then I sit in the diner and I write until about one or two in the afternoon. And then I might go to a book shop or walk around the water, or I might take a ferry over to Manhattan and wander around and get into mischief there.
But you wrote “New York Morning” at the Moonstruck Diner in Manhattan? I had the music on my headphones, because the boys had already put the music together, but we didn’t know what the song was going to be about. And it was 6 a.m. in that diner when I scribbled down the lines for “New York Morning,” and it’s pretty much verbatim a diary entry. I was excited. I was excited, and you can hear it, can’t you?
So you’ve become the weird coffeehouse guy, furiously typing on his laptop in the corner every morning? I’m afraid I have. I mean, I always used to sit in the Night and Day Café and scribble in Manchester, with my notebook and a Bob Dylan cap, trying hard to look like a songwriter. So this is probably a natural progression from that, really.
Do waitresses ever say, “Hey, buddy — time to move along”? No. I’m way too charming. Plus, I tip really well. And nobody in Brooklyn knows what I do for a living, so I don’t get bothered at all!
IF YOU GO
Where: Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
When: 8 p.m. Tuesday
Contact: (510) 302-2250, www.ticketmaster.com